Delft-based Qlayers secures funding to develop robotic solutions for coating industrial infrastructures



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Delft-based Qlayers, a company specialised in pioneering industrial coating application technologies, announced on Wednesday, January 31st, that it has secured an undisclosed investment from Rotterdamse Havendraken.

The company will use the funds to accelerate global expansion and cement its position in the industrial coating technology sector. 

“With this investment from Rotterdamse Havendraken, we’re not just redefining industrial coating standards; we’re leading a global movement towards sustainable innovation, reshaping industries beyond surfaces,” says Josefien Groot, CEO and co-founder of Qlayers.

Qlayers: Pioneering robotic technology

Founded by ​Josefien Groot and Ruben Geutjens, Qlayers utilises robotic technology to overcome the limitations of manual coating, making the coating application process of large industrial surfaces safer, more sustainable, and more efficient.

The Dutch company excels in developing advanced robotic systems for coating large industrial assets, including storage tanks, wind turbines, and ships. 

Qlayers’ patented spray shielding system significantly mitigates overspray, reducing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and microplastic emissions.

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The company operates across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and North America. 

The robotic coating technology aims to reduce waste and enhance workplace safety, aligning with the Rotterdamse Havendraken’s goal of promoting ecological progress in maritime activities.

The investor

Rotterdamse Havendraken is an investment firm supporting innovative technologies in the port, maritime, logistics, and energy sectors. 

The investment firm funds companies that drive technological advancement and ecological responsibility in these industries.

“Rotterdamse Havendraken is thrilled to support Qlayers in their mission to redefine industrial coating. This collaboration is a testament to the potential when innovation and industry experience join forces,” states Robin Slakhorst, co-founder of Rotterdamse Havendraken.


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Vigneshwar Ravichandran

Vigneshwar has been a News Reporter at Silicon Canals since 2018. A seasoned technology journalist with almost a decade of experience, he covers the European startup ecosystem, from AI and Web3 to clean energy and health tech. Previously, he was a content producer and consumer product reviewer for leading Indian digital media, including NDTV, GizBot, and FoneArena. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Instrumentation in Chennai and a Diploma in Broadcasting Journalism in New Delhi.

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